Czech Republic

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Language: Czech
Capital: Prague
Population: 10,403,100
Currency: Czech crown (CZK)
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Czech Republic (czech: Česká republika) is a country in Europe, with borders to Germany, Austria, Poland and Slovakia. It is a member state of the European Union as well as the Schengen Agreement.

In most cases hitchhiking there is quite easy. Czech Republic is a transit country with dense traffic on its main roads. Along with the local drivers you can find there many drivers (especially truck drivers) from nearby countries. Local truck drivers are really friendly; young private car drivers often take two hitchhikers at a time, and many experiences show that Czechs understand hitchhiking excellently and often take hitchhikers several kms out of their route just to bring them closer to a better hitchhiking spot or their final destination. That works both for good and bad weather conditions. Older drivers usually speak only Czech, sometimes some Russian and more seldom German. Younger drivers usually have at least a basic level of English. There is an assumption that for a young pair of a guy and a girl or two girls hitchhiking might go easier.

Hitchhiking is not allowed on highways and motorways due to safety of traffic and hitchhikers - see highway and motorway signs below. There is also forbidden entry for pedestrians. Person who leave vehicle (eg due to car failure) must be wearing a reflective vest. When using motorways for hitchhiking please use gas stations (service stations) where one can ask for a ride. Hitchhikers aren't protected by the driver's insurance. While it is not suggested that one hitchhike on highways or motorways, actual confrontations with police are rare. In the unlikely event that a police car does stop, it's more likely they will explain that hitchhiking is not allowed, and let you go on your way--ticketing is rare. In many of these situations, the best way to cope is to feign ignorance of the rules, and apologize when they say you have broken them.

When hitchhiking on regional roads make sure you are at a spot that is perfectly visible to the drivers - in summertime there are many speeding motorcycle drivers.

Thumb up is the common way to hitchhike in Czech Republic. Thumb pointing down or waving the hand as to slow down is especially in the border areas used by the prostitutes along the road to attract their potential customers.

Highways motorways CZ.png

For planned and newly opened highways see http://www.silnice.info/planovana_vystavba_v_CR2.php?file=cz-stavba-2009-2011-v46-EN.pdf

Regions and its number plates

region capital plate important cities
Hlavní město Praha Prague A
Jihomoravský kraj Brno B
Jihočeský kraj České Budějovice C
Karlovarský kraj Karlovy Vary K
Kraj Vysočina Jihlava J
Královéhradecký kraj Hradec Králové H
Liberecký kraj Liberec L
Moravskoslezský kraj Ostrava T
Olomoucký kraj Olomouc M
Pardubický kraj Pardubice E
Plzeňský kraj Plzeň P
Středočeský kraj Prague S
Ústecký kraj Ústí nad Labem U
Zlínský kraj Zlín Z

Public transport

Public transport is generally not too expensive with buses being faster and cheaper than trains. Use this very convenient [search engine] for public transport in the entire CR.

Phrasebook

Czech is a slavic language. Phrasebook with recorded sounds Phrases with trans-scripted pronounciation

  • Hello (formal/casual) Dobry den/Ahoj
  • Are you going to ...? Jedete do ...?
  • Are you please going in direction of ...? Jedete smerem na ...?
  • Thank you Dekuji
  • Goodbye Nashledanou
  • Yes Ano
  • No Ne
  • Next gas station Na dalsi benzinku


Highways in the Czech Republic

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